Chris Whitty video latest – Yob Lewis Hughes sacked from job over assault as accomplice says 'we've done nothing wrong'

A YOB estate agent has been sacked for his role in a shocking video showing Chris Whitty being harassed and manhandled in the street.

Lewis Hughes and Jonathan Chew, both 24, were branded “despicable thugs” by Boris Johnson for assaulting England’s chief medical officer.

Yob Hughes has now apologised through The Sun and said: “I’ve paid the price with my job.”

He revealed the pair of covidiot louts had attended an anti-vax march in London on Sunday when they spotted Whitty, 55, in St James’s Park.

An appalling 18-second video of the pair grabbing at the health chief leaving him clearly concerned for his safety subsequently went viral, leaving people shocked and appalled around the world.

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    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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    SAMOA BECOMES SECOND COUNTRY TO WITHDRAW SOME ATHLETES FROM TOKYO OLYMPICS

    Samoa has become the second country to withdraw some athletes from the Tokyo Olympics as fears grow of a depleted Games being staged under a renewed state of emergency.

    Meanwhile, visiting officials and media have been handed a Big Brother-style warning that that they risk being watched and shamed on social media if they fail to adhere to stringent quarantine conditions.

    The Samoan Olympic Committee confirmed it has withdrawn three weightlifters who had qualified for Tokyo, but said eight other team members, none of whom are based on the Pacific island, will still attend the Games.

    A statement said the decision over the weightlifters, who are all based in Samoa, was taken reluctantly in order to "protect our borders", citing the continued struggle to contain the virus on nearby Fiji.

    So far, North Korea is the only other nation to have voluntarily withdrawn athletes, having announced in April that it would not be sending any athletes to the Games due to risks associated with the virus.

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    BRITISH KIDS COULD ‘GET COVID VACCINE EVEN IF THEIR PARENTS DON’T WANT THEM TO’

    BRITISH kids and teenagers could get a Covid vaccine even if their parents don’t want them to.

    Experts say youngsters may be able to give consent, as long as they are fully informed and deemed mature enough to make their own decisions.

    Read more here.

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    PM RAISES HOPES FOR JULY 19 BUT ACKNOWLEDGES 'SOME PRECAUTIONS' MAY REMAIN

    Boris Johnson has pledged to reveal details of what the end of lockdown restrictions will look like in the coming days as he acknowledged some "extra precautions" may be needed.

    The Prime Minister said it is "ever clearer" that vaccines are reducing deaths, despite increasing levels of infections involving the Delta variant of coronavirus.

    He said he has increasing confidence that he can go ahead with the final phase of his plans to end England's lockdown on July 19 to "get back to life as close to it was before Covid".

    During a visit to the Nissan plant in Sunderland on Thursday, the Prime Minister told reporters: "I know how impatient people are to get back to total normality, as indeed am I. I will be setting in the course of the next few days what Step 4 will look like exactly.

    "But I think I've said it before, we'll be wanting to go back to a world that is as close to the status quo, ante-Covid, as possible. Try to get back to life as close to it was before Covid. But there may be some things we have to do, extra precautions that we have to take, but I'll be setting them out."

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    UK COVID CASES SURGE 70% IN A WEEK WITH 27,989 NEW INFECTIONS AND 22 DEATHS

    UK Covid cases surge 70% in a week with 27,989 new infections and 22 deaths

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    CASES IN SCOTLAND SHOOT UP BY 4,234

    Cases in Scotland have also shot up 4,234 coronavirus cases in a day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

    Six deaths of Covid patients were also registered, meaning the death toll under this daily measure now stands at 7,722.

    It is the third time this week that the record for positive cases over 24 hours has been broken.

    Data from Public Health Scotland published on Wednesday shows there were almost 2,000 people who attended a Euro 2020-related event while infectious with the virus.

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    UK COVID CASES SURGE 70% IN A WEEK WITH 27,989 NEW INFECTIONS AND 22 DEATHS

    COVID infections have more than doubled in a WEEK in the biggest daily surge since January – with deaths rising from yesterday.

    Another 27,989 new cases were recorded today and 22 fatalities have been recorded by the government. 

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    BORIS CALLS FOR PATIENCE AS MPs CALL FOR AN END TO SCHOOL BUBBLES AFTER JULY 19

    Boris Johnson has urged parents, pupils and Tory MPs to be "patient" over calls to end isolation for entire school "bubbles" when lockdown restrictions in England are lifted later this month.

    Former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith is among 48 MPs to have signed a letter to the Prime Minister warning that the current policy is "disproportionate" and "unsustainable".

    The call came after official data showed that 279,000 children in England are isolating because of possible contact with a Covid-19 case.

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has suggested that school bubbles will end when classes return after the summer holidays in September.

    But the letter said it is essential that schools "go back to normal" when lockdown is lifted – set for July 19 – even if it is "just for the last few days of term".

    "This will send an important signal ahead of the autumn that the route to freedom is a 'one-way road' and genuinely 'irreversible'," the letter said.

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    ITALIAN EMBASSY IN LONDON WARNS ENGLAND FANS AGAINST TRAVELLING TO ROME FOR EUROs

    The Italian embassy in London has warned fans planning to travel to Rome for the quarter final match against Ukraine on Saturday.

    The embassy says fans arriving in Rome will not be admitted to the stadium, even if they have ticket, unless they have a negative PCR or antigen test, have filled in a passenger locator form and had quarantined for a least five days upon arrival.

    The stadium ban even applies to people who are exempted from quarantine such as travelling for work and being in the country less than 36 hours.

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    MUM’S DON’T KNOW BEST

    British kids and teenagers could get a Covid vaccine even if their parents don’t want them to.

    Experts say youngsters may give consent as long as they are fully informed and deemed mature enough to make their own decisions.

    Professor Russell Viner, former president of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, said he thinks guidelines that allow young people to make choices on their own treatment would also apply to Covid vaccines.

    He told a Royal Society of Medicine virtual briefing: “I think those general Fraser guideline principles would absolutely apply here, and I think they should apply, because young people, if competent, should be able to make their own decisions.

    “There is a requirement to assess and approve competence, for them to be fully informed, and there is a requirement for the caregiver to have discussed and tried to work with the parents.”

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    WAGE SUPPORT

    An extension to the furlough scheme has today been ruled out by the Business Secretary.

    It comes as the coronavirus wage support scheme begins to be wound down from today, sparking fresh fears for jobs.

    Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Cabinet Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: ” Furlough was an exceptional policy in extreme times, in unprecedented times and it was always the case that the furlough was going to come to an end at some point.

    “I think the Chancellor’s right, he’s made an assessment that as the economy opens up, the furlough should be tapered.”

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    CASE RATE RISING IN ALL AGES GROUPS, PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND WARNS

    Case rates in England among all age groups are continuing to rise, Public Health England said.

    The highest rate is among 20 to 29-year-olds, with 424.3 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 27, up week-on-week from 274.0.

    This is also the age group to see the biggest week-on-week increase.

    The second highest rate is among 10 to 19-year-olds, up from 220.7 to 369.4.

    For people aged 60 and over, the rate is 27.2, up slightly from 17.6.

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    COVID-19 BOOSTER JABS COULD BEGIN FOR 32m BRITONS IN SEPTEMBER

    A Covid-19 vaccination booster programme could begin for 32 million Britons as soon as September, officials have said.

    New interim guidance from experts advising the Government sets out the priority list for who should get a third jab if a booster programme is needed.

    The plans have been drawn up to ensure the NHS is prepared for any possible booster jab campaign while officials await more data on whether a third vaccine is required to bolster protection over the winter months.

    It will coincide with the rollout of flu jabs, which health officials have said will be vital this winter as they prepare for a potentially difficult influenza season.

    The UK is the first country in the world to publish interim guidance on a Covid-19 vaccine booster campaign, though a number of other countries are considering proposals.

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    CLASS ACTION

    Every kid in the UK should be jabbed before Britain moves onto the final stage of unlocking, say doomsters from Sage.

    In a call to delay July 19, some experts say the country shouldn’t take back its freedom until every youngster has had both vaccinations.

    Scientists have clashed over plans for the coming weeks – after Professor Chris Whitty said the date IS the right time to end restrictions and England is on track to open up as much as possible for summer.

    The Chief Medical Officer for England told a cabinet briefing on Monday the country’s recent spike in Covid cases was not leading to a sharp rise in hospital admissions.

    But Professor John Edmunds said we must delay – to make sure schoolkids have been offered the vaccination.

    He told BBC’s Newsnight: “At some point we do have to dismantle all of these measures that we’ve put in place.

    “I think, for me, the safest time to do that is when children have been vaccinated, certainly secondary school aged children at least. That’s the safest way.”

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    FREEDOM DAY HOPE (CONTINUED)

    During a visit to the Nissan plant in Sunderland on Thursday, the Prime Minister told reporters: "I know how impatient people are to get back to total normality, as indeed am I.

    "I will be setting in the course of the next few days what Step 4 will look like exactly.

    "But I think I've said it before, we'll be wanting to go back to a world that is as close to the status quo, ante-Covid, as possible. Try to get back to life as close to it was before Covid.

    "But there may be some things we have to do, extra precautions that we have to take, but I'll be setting them out."

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    PM RAISES HOPE FOR FREEDOM DAY ON JULY 19

    Boris Johnson has pledged to reveal details of what the end of lockdown restrictions will look like in the coming days as he acknowledged some "extra precautions" may be needed.

    The Prime Minister said it is "ever clearer" that vaccines are reducing deaths, despite increasing levels of infections involving the Delta variant of coronavirus.

    He said he has increasing confidence that he can go ahead with the final phase of his plans to end England's lockdown on July 19 to "get back to life as close to it was before Covid".

    His comments came after new Health Secretary Sajid Javid earlier this week confirmed his intention for Step 4 of the road map to go ahead at that point, but he stopped short of confirming to MPs that will mean the end of every measure.

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    STATE OF PINT

    Pub bosses want Covid rules relaxed to pack in punters for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final on Saturday.

    Hospitality chiefs are urging the government to ease social distancing restrictions for the crunch tie with Ukraine.

    Thousands of Brits will hit the pub for Saturday’s game as the country roars on Gareth Southgate’s boys.

    The 2-0 win over Germany has sent the country into footie fever pitch, sparking a scramble for pub table bookings.

    Patrick Dardis, chief executive of brewery Young’s, which runs 270 pubs, told The Telegraph: “The appetite is huge.”

    He added: “We will not be able to meet the demand due to the Freedom Day delay, unless the Prime Minister gives dispensation for the next one, two, or even better three England games, given 1966 was England’s last success.”

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    WATCH: UK RECORDS MORE THAN 26,000 COVID CASES IN HIGHEST RATE SINCE JANUARY

    UK records 26,068 more Covid cases in highest rise since January but daily deaths remain low as 14 people die

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    LABOUR DEMANDS PROBE AFTER EMAILS SUGGEST VIP ‘FAST TRACK’ FOR COVID TESTING

    Labour is calling for an investigation into claims of a “VIP lane” for coronavirus testing contracts after documents emerged suggesting bids from companies with political connections were fast tracked.

    A senior civil servant advised ministers in an email in April last year to write “FASTTRACK” on any offers they received for testing kits, according to documents revealed by the Good Law Project.

    The emails were disclosed by the campaign group as part of its legal challenge against the Government over personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts.

    The Good Law Project says millions of pounds of equipment was purchased in April and May 2020 without proper technical checks, at inflated prices, as a result of contracts provided through a “VIP lane”.

    The email to ministers, seen by the PA news agency, shows ministers were told to forward requests from those who wanted to supply tests to a dedicated email address, where they would be “triaged”.

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    YOB LOSES JOB

    An estate agent has been sacked after his boss saw a video of him grabbing Prof Chris Whitty around the neck.

    Lewis Hughes and pal Jonathan Chew, both 24, were branded “despicable thugs” by the Prime Minister for manhandling England’s chief medical officer.

    But tonight, boxing enthusiast Hughes apologised through The Sun and said: “I’ve paid the price with my job.”

    He told how the friends had been on an anti-vax march in London on Sunday when they spotted Prof Whitty, 55, at about 3pm in St James’s Park.

    Hughes, who worked for Caplen Estates Agents, admitted having a couple of drinks first.

    He said: “I absolutely apologise for any upset I caused.

    “If I made him feel uncomfortable, which it does look like I did, then I am sorry to him for that.”

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    JUST OVER 1% OF LONG COVID CASES RECORDED BY GPs

    Only a small minority of cases of long Covid are being recorded by GPs, a study has suggested.

    Previous research estimated that as many as two million people in England are suffering ongoing symptoms after a Covid-19 infection.

    A new study has found that only 23,273 cases were formally recorded between February 2020 and April 2021 at GP practices.

    Experts analysed data from GP records of 57.9 million patients in England – about 96% of GP patients across the nation.

    More than a quarter of practices (26.7%) had never logged a case, according to the article in the British Journal of General Practice.

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    WAGE SUPPORT

    An extension to the furlough scheme has today been ruled out by the Business Secretary.

    It comes as the coronavirus wage support scheme begins to be wound down from today, sparking fresh fears for jobs.

    Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Cabinet Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: " Furlough was an exceptional policy in extreme times, in unprecedented times and it was always the case that the furlough was going to come to an end at some point.

    "I think the Chancellor’s right, he’s made an assessment that as the economy opens up, the furlough should be tapered."

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    INDEPENDENT SAGE MEMBERS SAYS HE DOES NOT THINK THERE WILL BE ANNUAL COVID VACCINATIONS

    Martin McKee, professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of Independent Sage, said he does not believe that annual coronavirus vaccinations will be given to people in the future.

    He told Times Radio: “I suspect what we will find is that, over the next few years, we’ll have a couple of different variants of the vaccine and then that will probably be adequate. Then obviously younger people will have to be vaccinated as they come through the population.”

    Prof McKee added that he feels it is important to vaccinate children from a “population perspective” due to the need for 87% of people to be vaccinated so that there is “population immunity” against the virus.

    “Twenty percent of the population are under 18 and there’s a higher proportion in some communities so, therefore, it seems obvious from a population perspective,” he said.

    “I think people in the JCVI, who are looking at this from the perspective of the individual child and looking at the risk/benefit balance, are less enthusiastic about vaccinating children, but I’m a public health physician. From a population perspective, it’s very clear that we have to vaccinate children.”

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    GRAPH: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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